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    the handiest little square

    I picked this little PEC square up a while back, probably due to someone mentioning it somewhere (although I can't remember who or where):
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E0K4TS

    The price appears to be at near an all time high so I might consider waiting for it to drop back down..
    http://camelcamelcamel.com/PEC-Tools...uct/B000E0K4TS

    I have to say that its an absolute gem. Its my go to tool for all sorts of things at this point. The layout lines are accurate to within my ability to measure them with any of my other tools (micrometers) and its square to as square as I can check square. Its just the right size for small layout and line transfers. It checks dovetail and other joinery cuts as being square as nicely as anything else I've got (and better than most)[1]. It works a champ as a small depth gauge.

    Overall its just a super handy little measuring tool. Sometimes smaller is better.


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    I've been tempted to add the sterling dovetail rule option for it, that would allow checking narrow gaps for square easier. In practice it works pretty well by just tilting the blade and I'm not sure that adding this wouldn't be just adding to my metrology tooling obsession for minimal value.
    http://www.sterlingtoolworks.com/sto...egory=13579459

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    Couldn't agree more. They're under 20 bucks at Harry j Epstein right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Couldn't agree more. They're under 20 bucks at Harry j Epstein right now.
    Wow that's a steal! That puts it right in stocking stuffer territory!

    I really didn't need to know about that place

    Links for the lazy - it appears they have both the 4" and the 6" - I have a (few) 6" square(s) and imho I'd say stick with the 4" for this one - its just the right size.
    http://www.harryepstein.com/index.ph...re-4r-usa.html
    http://www.harryepstein.com/index.ph...re-4r-usa.html

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    I had put it in my wish list, but it's getting surprisingly close to the stocking.
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    That kind of square is great to have

    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Couldn't agree more. They're under 20 bucks at Harry j Epstein right now.
    I got this version a few years back, would by again without hesitation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    I really didn't need to know about that place
    I blame my brother for directing me there one day. They now have some of the money that used to be mine; I just wanted to share the pain
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    Re looked, I have the 4" and see the 6".........I thinks they may be getting some more from me, and Glenn, I think it was you that made me get the 4" originally

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Niemi View Post
    Glenn, I think it was you that made me get the 4" originally
    I'm not saying it was Glenn that I got the pointer to this little fellow from, but I'm not saying it wasn't either... He is a terrible enabler!!!

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    I used to go to the store on rare occasions back in to 70,s to early 80's when I lived in KC area.. Great place to browse if it hasn't changed.. It was basically just north of Bartle Hall which sits south of 12th street if I remember correct.. A lot of the mechanics at the TWA overhaul base used to buy a lot of their wrenches there back in the day..
    Last edited by Garry Foster; 12-15-2015 at 12:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    I'm not saying it was Glenn that I got the pointer to this little fellow from, but I'm not saying it wasn't either... He is a terrible enabler!!!

    Bwaaaah-haaa-haaa! My evil plan is working!
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